Day one was a resounding success, as we got settled into our accommodation and made a start on our activities. Group A were straight in at the deep end (quite literally), as they took on a challenging gorge scramble. Group B followed that in the evening. Group C had a dry day and have still to tackle a wetsuit, but today we are river day all day, then gorge scrambling in the evening. Sure they will sleep well tonight!
Congratulations to S6 pupil Jamie Trinder, who returns from Romania with not one, but two medals! Jamie was competing in the European Taekwon-do championships, representing Scotland. He was absolutely thrilled to win bronze in the more difficult of the two weight categories, then he went on to top that with a Silver. Jamie showed a lot of commitment to compete at this level; training, managing a strict diet and studying for his exams at the same time. He even sat his Higher Admin exam in Romania whilst there. We wish Jamie all the best as he now moves on from Alford Academy.
Yesterday, Tuesday 29th November, S6 pupils worked with representatives from the fire and rescue service where a hard-hitting presentation was given in efforts to raise awareness and encourage discussion on the consequences of dangerous driving.
The New Driver Early Intervention Scheme is aimed at encouraging safe driving practices amongst new and learner drivers. The scheme will target drivers between 17-25 years of age, who are statistically more likely to be involved in a collision.
Thank you to Julie and Russell from the fire service who gave their time to support our pupils.
On Tuesday 22nd November, our 5th year pupils had a great morning, with a study skills session provided by RGU. They then had the fantastic opportunity to be interviewed by local employers. 55 pupils were interviewed, online and in person, by representatives from – Barratt Homes – Acumen Financial Planning – Retired Detective Inspector, Police Scotland – RAF – Kirkwood Homes Ltd – Royal Navy – Neptune Energy – Air Accidents Investigation Branch (DfT) – DYW
The employers were gushing in their praise of our young people:
“Thank you for organising such an important event, from both the perspectives of the pupils and employers. Not only do the pupils get a valuable insight into typical questions they might be faced with at interviews, but we get to see a glimpse of the talent that is coming through the school. I was extremely impressed with the clarity of communication and thoughtful responses that I heard from S5 pupils – very well done!” – Niall Robertson – Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)
Pupil feedback was incredibly positive, with all reporting they found the experience valuable and useful for their future careers:
“I found the interview went well. It felt very professional and I felt comfortable answering the questions under pressure. The feedback I was given was very useful and helpful and will definitely help me complete interviews in the future.”
Our S6 and any S5 who missed out this week, get the opportunity to take part on 6th December.
Well done S5! #teamalford!
As part of anti-bullying week, and our ongoing work promoting our school value of Kindness, in PSE our S2 have started preparations for their anti-bullying project, which will run until Christmas. We look forward to hearing their views, seeing excellent group work and the final product will be beautiful displays to share with our school community. We are always here to listen, please just reach out.
At just 16 years old, former pupil Ryan Duncan made his first team debut for Aberdeen today,
against league leaders Rangers. All the years of hard work and commitment to his football paying off and no doubt the start of big things to come. We are all cheering you on Ryan well done! 👏⚽️👏⚽️👏⚽️
Congratulations to Stuart Veitch who has won the Aberdreams got talent competition, with his own song he wrote about being in Lockdown. Emeli Sande chose the winner out of the top 3, on the 31st May. Thanks for all your support.